This week's MTV PUSH Artist of the week is two-parts Swedish/one-part American band Miike Snow, master practitioners of just about every genre and pioneers of a brand-new breed of ultra-intelligent pop. Contrary to popular belief, Miike Snow isn't one guy. It's a group, made up of singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt and producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (aka Bloodshy & Avant, producers of Britney Spears' "Toxic"). Not that it matters, but we'll leave it up to you to figure out who's Swedish and who's American.
With a brilliantly broad sound that references everything from the avant-folk of Animal Collective to the dirty, stuttering beats of dubstep, Miike Snow's become a must-hear among music bloggers, cultural tastemakers and even artists like Ke$ha and Adam Lambert.
You may have heard Miike Snow's self-titled debut album or heard its remixes for Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon and Passion Pit. You've definitely heard its production work on Britney's "Toxic." And if you haven't heard the group's gorgeous breakaway hit "Animal," then get to it.
Watch them explain the song's meaning. Plus, hear about the song's animalistic leanings, and, of course, see why the trio called themselves Miike Snow. And watch them perform live at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards After-Party.